Well, wouldn’t you just know that i can never let a thing lie…
Last week, after the very unsatisfactory phone call in which i protested against Wonderboy being given 15 unauthorised absences, i wrote an exceedingly long email to the school. Today it resulted in a 15 minute telephone conversation with i think, the deputy head of the school, but possibly not. According to my daughter he is the one who gets things done when no one else can, so i was glad to speak to him. And i’m glad to say that the conversation ended with his informing me that he will quash the abscences that were recorded as unauthorised. Hoorah! That’s one less pressure in a sea of pressures that we have to contend with at the moment.
I am still going ahead and getting the letter from the doctor though, so as to avoid any further such nonsense.
In fact, Wonderboy had an appointment with a new doctor at the local surgery this afternoon. He had just got home from school and we were getting ready to go out of the door when he had a massive nosebleed. He has minor ones almost every day, but these large ones do occur a couple of times a week. We cleaned him up a best we could and headed out to the doctors. Usually we wait for up to 90 mimutes to be seen, but God had it that we were in the doctors room within 10 minutes of having arrived there.
First off i explained that I have an appalling memory (i think its the daily codeine) and showed him my list. He said it was okay for me to read off it, so i did.
I explained about the school and the pressure Wonderboy is under to go to school when he is ill, the abscences being recorded as unauthorsed etc. He said ‘no problem’ i will write you a letter and you can collect it tomorrow.
I explained that Wonderboy is chucking up loads of green gunk (sorry if you are eating while reading this) and that i think he may be heading for another chest infection. The Doctor examined Wonderboy and said that he would prescribe antibiotics before an infection took hold.
I explained that Wonderboy has these strange patches of dark skin behind his ears and on his neck. (he looks like he’s turning into a giraffe!) the Doctor explained that this was a fungal infection and prescribed a cortizone cream.
I explained that Wonderboy’s iron levels being low ait was affecting him physically (i mentioend various symptoms) he prescribed ‘iron’ syrup, so now i have my own little Iron man in the house!
We had never seen this doctor before and he was amazing.
Now the only thing is that he said that as well as Wonderboy’s low iron level, his raised red blood cell count etc, his haemaglobin levels are very low and that when we go to see the specialist, the specialist may want a bone marrow sample from Wonderboy so as to try to ascertain what is wrong. He said even with the frequent noseleeds it doesn’t seem right to lose so much haemaglobin.
Wonderboy looked at me in fear when he heard about the bone marrow extraction, and i winked at him as if to say it’ll be okay, but truth is i have read about this online and from what i’ve read it’s where the doctor goes into the hip bone to take a sample of the marrow while the child is still awake. I’ve read that this is an extremely painful proceedure for children in most cases/
I was wondering if any of you, dear readers, have any experience of this or if you know anyone who has had this done?